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Angry tenants lobby Haringey council meeting over plans to demolish homes

by Paul Burnham
Issue No. 2407

Haringey council tenants outside council meeting

Haringey council tenants outside council meeting

Some 60 angry tenants and housing campaigners lobbied the annual meeting of Haringey Council on Monday of this week to oppose housing demolitions and attacks on tenants' rights.

People are organising against housing demolitions all around Tottenham, and the lobby made an impact on the largely ceremonial proceedings of the meeting. Chants echoed outside, “We want decent homes!”, “Improvements not demolitions!”, and “They say cutback - we say fightback!”

There are 29 newly-elected Haringey Councillors out of a total of 57, and these new members will need to take tenants' concerns on board.

The council wants mass demolitions of council housing, the gentrification of Tottenham and no new permanent council tenancies for the under-60s. The council is explicit about wanting to reduce the number of social homes in Tottenham.

To please private investment partners, Haringey Council leaders want new, time-limited tenancies and higher, unaffordable rents. In March this, Council leaders flew to Cannes in the South of France to "sell Tottenham" to international property investors at a huge annual real state trade fair. Where is the accountability, when public policy is shaped by these greedy private interests?

Campaigners will be supporting residents on estates around the borough in the coming months, to put alternatives to the plans for the demolition and disposal of our council homes. Theywill also be linking up with housing campaigners around London and nationally.


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